Department of Health

The Victorian Support for Carers Program is funded by the Victorian Government for unpaid carers. An unpaid carer is a person providing care to another person with care needs. A carer may look after a partner, family member, friend or someone else who needs support. Carers can be of any age, from any culture or country, and any socio-economic background. Carers may be employed or not employed. A carer might not live with the person for whom they care.

The Victorian Support for Carers Program provides person centred respite and other support to carers:

  • One-off or short term support for carers including goods and equipment, that can add to other services or fill service gaps
  • Support to people in a care relationship, and at the same time and place if people want to be together while having the support service
  • Supporting people's wellbeing – quality of life, physical and mental wellbeing, social activity and or social connections. For example, carers can get respite with social, health and other support.


Policies and guidelines
Date published
20 May 2019
58 pages
Department of Health & Human Services
Update frequency
Available format

Reviewed 21 May 2019

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